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Biographies - 1882

Biographies - 1894

Biographies - 1916

"Oldest Residents" - serial bios - 1930/1931

"Our Friends on the Acres" - serial bios - 1939/1940

"Who's Who" biographies - 1940

Resident of the Month - serial bios - 1970's

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    History of Clayton Co. Iowa, 1882 - several of the chapters in this book have been transcribed (on-going project)

    History of the Communia Colony - by Mrs. Frank Liers, 1930

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Clayton county, Iowa Neighbors
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Clayton County, yellow in the above map, is situated in the northeastern part of the State of Iowa.
The eastern boundry is the Mississippi River and Grant co., Wisconsin on the opposite shore of the river.
The western boundry is shared with Fayette co., Iowa
The northern boundry is shared with Allamakee co., Iowa
The southern boundry is shared by Dubuque co., Iowa and Delaware co., Iowa

Visit the neighboring counties .... our ancestors worshiped, visited and conducted business around the area. Related families often lived across county lines. Don't assume your ancestor never left home!

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